Today marks the 10 anniversary of the death of Officer Robert Langley, who was killed in the line of duty Oct. 21, 2006. Langley was a member of the University of Mississippi Police Department.
A four-year veteran of the University Police Department, Langley was killed while assisting with a traffic stop on Jackson Avenue near the edge of campus.
Daniel Cummings, 21, of Germantown is serving 20 years in prison. He ultimately pleading guilty of dragging Langley to his death after being stopped for speeding, but then suddenly pulled away, dragging him approximately 200 yards.
Both the Oxford Police Department and the University of Mississippi Police Department, as well as members of the community, honored the fallen officer with a service at the Paris-Yates Chapel and also placed a wreath near the sight of the incident on West Jackson Avenue.
“We really want to remember Officer Langley, but we also want to share with officers how it feels to lose a coworker in the line of duty and how important it is to stick together and support each other,” said Ray Hawkins, associate director of UPD. “We want them to understand they may be called to give the ultimate sacrifice and if they do, that sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
Langley’s widow, Lisa and her sons Robbie and Cory were also on hand for the rememberance.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that through the ten years we had the support of the entire community,” said Lisa Langley. “He lived everyday to love everybody.”
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Lynn Webb, a former UPD officer who rode on the motorcycle unit with Langley, had worked with him on the night shift but was transferred to a different shift. She was reassigned to the same shift as Langley the week he died and got to spend the last few days working closely with her good friend.
“It seems just like yesterday,” Officer Lynn Webb said. “Robert was a close friend. It means a lot to have this many people come out who really didn’t know him.”
Ole Miss has launched an awareness campaign to explain the university’s expectations for student behavior on game days and other major campus events, as well as consequences of violating those expectations. The university and Oxford also created the Oxford-University Transit, a public transportation system.